Volume 38 | September 18 - September 22, 2017
Moreno Valley Animal Shelter Awarded $20,000 Grant
The Moreno Valley Animal Shelter was awarded a $20,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support construction of a new dog play yard. 

Grant funds will be used for the construction of an enrichment play yard area that will benefit homeless canines cared for at the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter.

This area will provide homeless dogs with needed exercise, access to fresh air, and the ability to socialize with other dogs in supervised group activities. This will help to maintain their physical and mental well-being. Construction of the canine play yard continues the City’s efforts to increase positive outcomes for homeless pets.

The dog play yard project provides an area to:

  • Exercise pets in an outdoor, secured space

  • Allow interaction through supervised activities with shelter staff and volunteers

  • Enable shelter staff to more effectively evaluate the behavior of canines

  • More easily determine canine compatibility for adoption or transfer

  • Provide a “meet and greet” area for potential owners to interact with adoptable pets

“The Moreno Valley Animal Shelter greatly appreciates the Petco Foundation’s generous investment toward this important lifesaving project,” said Steve Fries, Moreno Valley’s Animal Services Division Manager. “We extend a special thanks to the Petco Foundation Team, and many of our local residents for their ongoing support.”
This grant award was accepted by the Moreno Valley City Council at its September 5, 2017 meeting.

For more information about this grant award, visit www.petcofoundation.org or contact the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter at 951.413.3790 or visit the City’s web site at www.moval.org and click on “Animal Shelter.”
Moreno Valley's First Annual El Grito Celebration
Moreno Valley's first ever El Grito event was held at Moreno Valley College on Friday, September 15, 2017.

"El Grito de la Independencia," is a Mexican holiday created to honor the “cry of independence." On September 16, 1810 Priest and Mexican revolutionary Miguel Hidalgo made an impassioned speech known as the "cry of Dolores" to draw the support of his fellow countrymen to revolt against the Spanish army. Hidalgo rang the bell of his church which prompted the Mexican War of Independence. Every year on September 15, the President of Mexico recites the "cry of independence" and rings a large bell to begin Mexico's Independence Day celebrations.

Moreno Valley's El Grito event celebrated diversity as community members from all backgrounds united to enjoy this free cultural and family festival honoring the 207th Anniversary of the Commencement of Mexico's independence. The El Grito activities from Mexico City were also broadcast live during this event.

Master of Ceremonies Humberto Luna hosted this event, which featured s pecial guests Mariachi Alma de Mexico, famous character Erazno, singer Helen Ochoa, World Boxing Champion Mikey García, and former soccer players Isaac Terrazas and Ramón Ramírez from Mexican soccer teams.

El Grito was presented by the Moreno Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Moreno Valley College, Consulate of Mexico in San Bernardino, City of Moreno Valley, Moreno Valley Unified School District, Altura Credit Union, Riverside County Board of Supervisors, Inland Empire Hispanic Leadership Council, Unidos Por La Musica, Highland Fairview and JR Sports.
Homeless to Work Program
Moreno Valley recently launched a new Homeless to Work pilot program to provide new opportunities to those most in need.
The Homeless to Work program will help prepare participants to transition to the active workforce by providing temporary employment while connecting these individuals with social service resources to help overcome obstacles to their pursuit of gainful employment and permanent housing. The City will partner with a community non-profit agency in this effort to help reduce homelessness in Moreno Valley.

Similar programs have been successful in other cities such as Albuquerque, New Mexico and Denver, Colorado. Moreno Valley plans to mirror their successes and learn from their challenges to create a strong
program that benefits our community.
Vendors, Performers, and Altar Displays Sought For Moreno Valley Day of the Dead Celebration
The Moreno Valley Parks and Community Services Department is seeking applications from merchandise vendors and performers to participate in the City’s Day of the Dead Celebration.

This cultural arts event is scheduled for Friday, November 3rd from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Cottonwood Golf Center, 13671 Frederick Street. Admission is free to the public.

There are great opportunities for local vendors and performers to showcase their talents and sell merchandise at this creative event.

Booth spaces are available for $25. City of Moreno Valley business license and a booth application are required.

Altar Spaces are available for $25. Please refer to application for guidelines.

To make the commitment to perform simply submit the performer application.

All applications must be received by Tuesday, October 24th.

Additionally, there will be plenty of great food, crafts and altar displays. Everyone is invited to attend this family-oriented event of celebrating life.

Vendors, performers, and altar builders may obtain more information and applications from the City’s website at www.  moval.org/dod. For further information, please call the Parks & Community Services Department at 951.413.3280.
Moreno Valley Employment Resource Center, One-Stop Shop for Holiday Hiring
Looking to find a job this holiday season?
Looking to make some extra money for the holidays?
Did you know that some of the top employers in Moreno Valley are now hiring?
Find out about jobs with top employers like Amazon, Karma Automotive, DB Schenker, Hyundai of Moreno Valley, Moreno Valley College, UC Riverside and Kaiser Permanente who have recently used the ERC to advertise hot jobs!
Whether you are unemployed or looking to polish your resume and interview skills the ERC can help!
At the ERC, the City of Moreno partners with the Riverside County Workforce Development Center to provide the following services at NO COST to job seekers:
  • Access to computers, copiers and fax machines
  • Resume preparation and workshops
  • Employment information workshops
  • Job boards
  • Interview preparation (mock interviews)
  • WiFi for jobseekers
  • Friendly & Knowledgeable staff
Job seekers can also connect with one of our many local educational partners like California Baptist University to conveniently access the training needed to be competitive for the jobs of today and the future. 
Ask about our monthly workshops featuring tips for getting hired with top employers, resume writing or interviewing skills.
The Moreno Valley ERC is located  12625 Frederick Street, Suite K-3 in the Towngate Shopping Center. The facility is open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call 951.413.3920, email  erc@moval.org or visit www.moval.org/erc for more information or to join the Hire MoVal Job Seekers list and receive job alerts delivered straight to your inbox.
City Encourages Rainy Season Preparations
I n preparation for this year’s rainy season, the Public Works Department's Land Development Division is in the process of sending yearly notices to property owners that have drainage courses through their property. 

The Notice is a reminder to keep the drainage courses free of obstructions that would prevent the flow of water and cause flooding. The maintenance of the drainage courses is vital to minimizing the potential of any flooding impacts. 

If you have any questions regarding the notice or if you have any questions regarding a drainage course through your property, please contact the Land Development Division at 951.413.3120.
Moreno Valley Animal Shelter: Pets of the Week
Each week the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter highlights a cat and a dog available for adoption in the hopes of finding them a forever home.

This week's Pets of the Week are Wheatley and Al.

Wheatley (#A477988) is an adorable ten-month-old Cavalier Spaniel Mix that is looking for lifelong companionship.

Al (#A477992) is a delightful three-month-old domestic short hair cat that loves to explore the world around him.

Please visit the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter located at  14041 Elsworth Street  to inquire about adopting Wheatley, Al or other pets in search of lifelong companions.

Call the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter at 951.413.3790  or visit the City’s website for more information about pet adoption.
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